Interested in Becoming a Member of CCT

April 26th, 2017

An information session for people interested in becoming members of the church will be held on Sunday, May 21 after the service in the Parlor of the Emerson Center.  New members will be received during the service on Sunday, June 4.
Contact Wendy (wendy@topsfieldchurch.org) or Martin (martin@topsfieldchurch.org) by email or phone the church office at
(978) 887-2101 x 11.

Invitation to Volunteer at IMEC in N Andover

April 26th, 2017

Last year we responded to an invitation from Second Congregational Church of Boxford to join them in volunteering at IMEC (International Medical Equipment), and we had a nice CCT turnout.

Second Congregational is inviting us to join them again on Saturday, May 13 from 9:00 AM to Noon at IMEC, 1620 Osgood Street

(the former Lucent facility), North Andover, to help pack medical equipment. They are looking for about 6 volunteers from CCT.

Car pools will leave Second Congregational at 8:45 AM or you can just go to IMEC headquarters directly.

If you are interested in volunteering on May 13 please sign up at this link

Any questions please contact Jim Barnes at 978-764-1583.

Board of Missions and Outreach

 

Beyond Immigration Policy: Religion, Race, Culture, Economy?!

March 17th, 2017

Sat. April 8th, 2017           Registration:  9:30 a.m.             Event Time:  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Congregational Church of Topsfield- Emerson Center – Fellowship Hall

9 East Common St.  Topsfield, MA.

Presentation and Panel Discussions with:

Presentations and panel discussions with:

Elsabel Rincon: “Historical, Cultural, and Economic Aspects of the US Immigrant Experience”

Eman Lasheen: “A Syrian Refugee Story”

Tom Warren: “RIM Caregiving: Visiting ICE Detainees”

Raheel Raza: “Islamophobia and Political Correctness”

Complimentary soup lunch.

Sponsored by the Congregational Church of Topsfield

Public Welcome

FMI 978-887-2101 x 11 office@topsfieldchurch.org

Presentation After the Service Sunday, March 19th

March 16th, 2017

Please join members of the Adult Christian Education and Mission team in welcoming Nancy and Ron Rucker to CCoT Sunday, March 19th. They will be offering a presentation about the Rural Preventures project in India after the worship service in the Emerson Center parlor.

Nancy and Ron Rucker have been retired for a number of years and have traveled extensively during this period.  During their working careers, Nancy was an archivist at the local historical museum in Middlebury and Ron was College Librarian at Middlebury College.  They have lived in Middlebury since 1976 and prior to that in Ithaca, New York.

Nancy and Ron traveled for several weeks in India in 2009, at the urging of our good friend Robert Granner who divides his time between Middlebury and Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu State.  We visited Mr. Granner at his home near Kodaikanal and he took us to some of the locations, including Poombarai, which are the focus of the health and educational initiatives of Rural Pre-Ventures Charitable Trust.  It was at his suggestion that we became involved in founding the American support arm in 2012.

 

 

Ladies Night Out- All Women Welcome- Bring a friend!!

March 1st, 2017

Please join us Friday March 10th at 5:30 pm
for a casual get together at the Ipswich Ale Brewery, 2 Brewery Place, Ipswich
Dinner followed by a tour of the brewery.

Meet up there or carpool from the Emerson Center parking lot at 5:10 pm

Please rsvp to Meg Moran at mh.moran@comcast.net or
Jane Jones at janecrane1@verizon.net so we can give the restaurant a count.
See you there!

Fourth Annual Spring Expo at the Emerson Center, Gould Barn and The Commons

February 16th, 2017

The Topsfield Garden Club invites you to join us for our Fourth annual Spring Expo to be held on Saturday, March 18th, 2017 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Emerson Center, Gould Barn, and The Commons. This popular and growing event celebrates local agriculture, horticulture, and environmental preservation. Please come and enjoy the farmers’ market, antique tractors, Morris Dancers, livestock, crafts, agricultural and conservation exhibits, and food vendors!

Men’s Fellowship Event- Friday, March 3rd 7 p.m. Bring a Friend!!

February 16th, 2017

Please join us for a night of Bowling, Pizza, Beer and Laughs. Look through your closets and bring your craziest looking hat. There will be prizes for the best / worst scores, best and worst bowling form and ah yes…the craziest hat.
When:  Friday March 3, 7 pm
Where: Riverwalk Lanes  and Games, 11 High Street, Amesbury
Please RSVP to Paul DiTucci (paul.ditucci@gmail.com) or Jon Palace (jpalace65@gmail.com)

Community Arts Update- Music at Eden’s Edge

February 6th, 2017

Music at Eden’s Edge

2017 SEASON

Lecture/Performance Series:

Close Encounters with Music and

Music Speaks!

2017 marks MEE’s 6th year at the Peabody Institute Library with Close Encounters with Music, a free interactive lecture/performance series.  Music at Eden’s edge is pleased to offer a new parallel series, Music Speaks! with the same programs, at a second location, the Mansion at Peirce Farm on Witch Hill in Topsfield.  Exploring The Musician’s Journey, performers’ insights will offer an interpretive entrée into listening: Figuratively, spiritually and factually.  Questions and discussion will be encouraged to include listeners in the process of bringing music to life in performance.
Complete performance schedule and more details here.

“Guns and the Realm of God” Post Event Review

February 3rd, 2017

On Saturday January 7th, with the prediction of a foot of snow, over 85 people including church members, local clergy, and community members from various towns across the state, participated in this community outreach event hosted by the Board of Deacons and the local social action committee, H.U.G.S. (Hands Up for Gun Safety).

Rev. Matthew Crebbin, Senior Minister of the Congregational Church of Newtown, CT presented a captivating keynote address discussing the need for commonsense national gun laws. Rev. Crebbin, who supported the families and community after the horrors of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, stated that since the beginning of 2017, there have already been 6 mass shootings. He noted that the states with tougher gun laws have lower incidents of fatalities due to gun violence.

Rev. Crebbin’s address was followed by a panel discussion led by former Salem Police Chief and current State Rep. Paul Tucker and Topsfield resident and co-convenor of the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, Angus McQuilken. Both Tucker and McQuilken shared their wealth of knowledge on gun violence prevention. There was an active question and answer forum following their presentations.

Be on the lookout for future programs being offered by H.U.G.S.

 

Prayer Ministry Listing

January 4th, 2017

Prayer List Contact: Kim Itz at prayerlisting@topsfieldchurch.org or
978-887-6567.

Healing Scripture:  “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick…”  Matthew 14:14

Healing Prayer: Dear Lord, I ask you to turn this weakness into strength, suffering into compassion, sorrow into joy, and pain into comfort for others. May your servant trust in your goodness and hope in your faithfulness, even in the middle of this suffering. Let him be filled with patience and joy in your presence as he waits for your healing touch.

Please pray for:

Parish Care Ministry

Prayer List Contact: Kim Itz at prayerlisting@topsfieldchurch.org or 978-887-6567

Healing Scripture: “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick ……” Matthew 14:14

Healing Prayer: Dear Lord, I ask you to turn this weakness into strength, suffering into compassion, sorrow into joy, and pain into comfort for others. May your servant trust in your goodness and hope in your faithfulness, even in the middle of this suffering. Let him be filled with patience and joy in your presence as he waits for your healing touch.

Please pray for:

Jillian Roche – Friend of CCOT
Maria Cecilia Guerra  – Sister of José Guerra
Jeannine Schmidt – Mom of Beccy Knowles
Frank Watson – Member of CCOT
Scott Dwinell – Member of CCOT
Ray Ocock – Friend of CCOT
Karen Burnett – Member of CCOT
Susan Sidell – Friend of Ruth Bortzfield
Jeanette Imboden – Sister-in-law of Cathy Imboden
Vicki Forte – Friend of Carolyn Detato
Paul Jensen – Brother of Bev Hall
Jessica Sellountos – Daughter of Jackie Cassiday
Don Moran – Dad of Dolly McIlvaine
Rose DiTucci – Mom of Paul DiTucci
Kay Walker – Mom of a friend of Kim Itz
Mary Wilber – Grandmother of Christy Redding
Muriel Houser – Member of CCOT
Ken Miller – Friend of Tricia and Bill Haines